The Massachusetts Clients' Security Board awarded a record $2.8
million last year to compensate clients whose lawyers defrauded
them. It is the largest collective award distributed by the board
since the Supreme Judicial Court established it in 1974 for the
purpose of awarding full restitution to clients whose in-state
attorneys misappropriated their money or property.
During fiscal year 2013, which ran from Sept. 1, 2012, until Aug.
31, 2013, the board adjudicated 83 of the 108 claims it received,
resulting in 69 awards issued.
Is it me, or do "the holidays" seem to start earlier each year?
Of course, what I'm really talking about is holiday
marketing, where department stores begin decking their
halls for holiday shopping soon after Labor Day. Marketing aside,
however, it's hard to deny that there is a little something extra
in the air from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day, regardless of
one's background or religion.
Ruth Bourquin and Liza Hirsch give new meaning to the phrase
The pair, attorneys at the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
(MLRI), recently found themselves at South Station at midnight,
picking up a family that was planning to spend the night in the bus
and train depot. The mother, whom they spoke with earlier in the
day after her unsuccessful efforts to obtain emergency shelter, had
contacted them to give her family's whereabouts. Alarmingly, she
also said a man was offering to give her a ride.
The Massachusetts Bar Association is currently accepting
nominations for officer and delegate positions for the 2014-15
Nominees must submit a letter of intent and a current resume to
MBA Secretary Christopher A. Kenney by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21,
2014, to be eligible.